Avondale House is a United Way agency providing day school, adult day
habilitation, and residential services for individuals with autism in Houston since 1976.
Avondale House appears to do good things–I toured the school one time, years ago, and was favorably impressed. But it’s too far from Clear Lake to be a resource for our family at this point. They offer three group homes in Southwest Houston, serving a total of 18 adults.
Free Texas Virtual Public School
Students in grades 3–12 throughout Texas are thriving at Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), a tuition-free Texas virtual school. TCAH gives students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. TCAH offers:
- A challenging curriculum developed by leading education experts
- Instruction from state-certified teachers experienced in online instruction
- Support from trained counselors, the principal, and the administrative staff
Welcome to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston
TCAH is not just a virtual public school in Texas. It’s a tight-knit online school community offering all of the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience with:
- Highly qualified and responsive teachers
- Field trips that give students and families the opportunity to learn together and make new friends
- Clubs and activities that foster social development and academic growth
- An involved community of students and their families
Texas Connections Academy @ Houston is a leader in virtual education excellence that provides unparalleled individualized learning experiences. Our Texas virtual public school is designed to prepare and inspire each student to maximize his or her potential and succeed in an ever-changing world.
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Distinct Abilities is an academic preschool in Houston that caters to both non special needs and special needs children and is inspired by the Montessori philosophy. It is also a daycare provider for school-aged children. They also have an inclusive summer day camp with field trips to area attractions.
I personally love Distinct Abilities. They took my autistic son into their after school program when he had aged out of all other child care centers but was not able to be safely home alone, which is when I discovered them. CCISD was able to transport special needs kids there so it solved a real need for working families of special needs kids in the district who have no other options than to hire someone to watch their child after school and over the summer. They have the experience and the facility to provide a structured, stimulating, nurturing environment for all kids.
Since moving into their new location, Distinct Abilities has expanded to add child therapy and sensory rooms. They are a fantastic asset to the Clear Lake area!
Excellent Minds Academy is for high functioning students with learning disabilities and/or disorders, as well as general education students who do not function well in large classroom settings . We provide individual, group and computer based curriculum and encourage students to express their Excellent Minds! We believe that Every child deserves an Excellent education so our goal is to provide this education no matter the economic status of the household.
In general, we accept students who fall in the following categories:
- Students Who Need A Small Classroom
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Kinesthetic Learners
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Intellectual Disability
- We offer a challenging curriculum to all grade levels academically and more importantly the social skills most of our students are lacking. A variety of curriculum’s are used to best provide our students the individual education needed with A Beka and Bob Jones Press. Math, language arts, reading and writing are our primary focus. Additional classes in music, art, penmanship, PE and social skills help to round out our student’s development.
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Kinetic Learning with Kids is a program that involves learning academics through movement. The program focuses on a stress free environment for children who struggle in school academically and emotionally. We offer a variety of different types of dance, depending on what your child enjoys the most (ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, yoga/stretching). While your child is dancing he will be learning academics. Movement while learning has been shown to help children with understanding concepts, stress relief and memory. We hope to help your child soon!
Ashleigh Gismondi began dancing when she was 3 years old. She was mostly self-taught until 1996 when she joined the Pacific School of Ballet in California. She was taught by Rosemary Molak, Maryann Bayless and Brenda Smith. While in high school Ashleigh also danced on the competitive El Toro High School dance/drill team. After high school Ashleigh continued to dance in college while pursuing a degree in Special Education. She is currently at the University of Houston/ Clear Lake continuing her education in Special Education. Ashleigh has had 13 years of experience working with children ages preschool to 6th grade, at Pasadena Independent School District with the Autistic Program, and Clear Creek Independent School District with Social Development.
THE KINETIC LEARNER PLAN. EACH CHILD WILL HAVE AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN DEPENDING ON HIS ASSESSMENT BY THE PROGRAM, “SCOOTPAD.” THIS PROGRAM WILL KEEP TRACK OF THEIR GROWTH ACADEMICALLY, HAVE ASSIGNMENTS AVAILABLE TO THEM 24 HOURS A DAY, EBOOKS AT THEIR READING LEVEL AND EMAILS SENT TO PARENTS SHOWING HOW THEIR CHILD IS PROGRESSING. WE WILL ALSO BE USING ACTIVITIES, MANIPULATIVES, VISUALS AND WRITING TO HELP WITH EACH CHILD’S ACADEMIC SUCCESS. WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A BREAK, WE BREAK WITH A DANCE LESSON THAT INCORPORATES WITH THE ACADEMIC LESSON. THE DANCE LESSON WILL INVOLVE STRETCHING, ACROSS THE FLOOR WORK AND A COOL DOWN. A TOTAL OF ONE HOUR SESSION.
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WHAT WE OFFER:
TUTORING IN READING, FINE MOTOR SKILLS, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, BEHAVIORAL THERAPY THROUGH POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT COST PER HOUR $35
KINETIC LEARNING WITH KIDS
Contact information: 404-803-2664
THE MOMENTUM ACADEMY, FOUNDED IN 2014, IS THE FIRST PRIVATE SCHOOL IN THE CLEAR LAKE AREA, SERVING STUDENTS FROM 6TH – 12TH GRADES WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES.
We believe that the potential of all students is often untapped and that by teaching to individual learning styles, building on students’ strengths, and remediating areas of weakness all students will have a solid foundation and the self esteem to allow them to achieve their loftiest goals.
The Momentum Academy customizes learning to fit the student. Each student receives whatever type of specialized instruction he or she needs. Our school is particularly appropriate for students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, expressive and receptive language disorders, ADHD/ADD, auditory processing disorder, anxiety, and high-functioning autism.
The 2014-2015 school year will begin with a maximum enrollment of 10 students. The inclusion of elementary grades is planned for the future. As the school grows classes will remain small – 8 to10 students – working with empathetic, caring and creative teachers who are trained in working with students with learning differences. The Momentum Academy believes in nurturing the whole child, academically, emotionally, and spiritually.
We invite you to read more about us, call us for more information at (832)819-3320, email us and/or schedule a time to meet. We look forward to it!
UNDER A RENTAL AGREEMENT, OUR NEW LOCATION: LIFE POINT CHURCH, 2450 E. MAIN ST, SUITE H, LEAGUE CITY, TX 77573
CALL (832)819-3320 TO SET UP A TOUR AND RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Our students are 21st Century students and our curriculum reflects such. Our curriculum is individualized for each student’s needs and includes both web-based and direct instruction. The curriculum includes:
|Math||Bible/ Chapel Handwriting/Keyboarding/Writing Workshop|
|Language Arts||Tools for Living||Community Based Education|
|Science||Physical Education||Community Service Projects|
|Social Studies||Social Skills||Fine Arts Elective|
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Whether your child is new to Special Services or you just need a question answered, CCISD’s Parent Resource Center (PRC) is your one-stop shop for all things Special Services. The Parent Resource Center provides trainings and workshops (and a library) and can direct you to important community resources to ensure you are knowledgeable about your child’s education.
In order to access the PRC and receive support, you must have a child currently enrolled in CCISD; but Penny Sweeney, the Director, will probably answer questions from all parents. The PRC is located at the Learner Support Center, 2903 Falcon Pass, Room #1038, Houston, Texas.
According to the CCISD website, the following services are offered through the Parent Resource Center:
- The IEP Process workshops
- The ARD Process workshops
- Curriculum support workshops/Assistive Technology Workshops (District Programs)
- STAAR explanations/options/tutorials
- Hands on make and take classes for parent of students using N2Y curriculum
- Visual schedules and home icon workshops
- Educator resource library
- 18+ option workshops
- Community provider workshops
- SpEd 101 workshops for new parents to CCISD Special Education Programs
- Parent resource connections
- Parent resource library
- Community event postings
- Curriculum support items
- Any other program the Director of Special Education Programs deems necessary for the mission of the CCISD Special Services Department.
They have monthly programs and workshops on different issues. Just gathering with other parents has been helpful to me personally, but their programs are good.
Recently, the PRC has been very helpful to me in terms of transition planning, guardianship information, SSI and services in the area for older kids.
This center is a relatively new initiative by the CCISD, and not to be confused with the “Parent Assistance Center” at CCISD. PRC’s monthly events seem well attended–it was surprisingly crowded for a workday morning when I went–but regrettably they don’t have a good website to disseminate information yet. You can download slides and things from their website, however.
Penny Sweeney, Parent Resource Specialist can direct you to important community resources to ensure you are knowledgeable about your child’s education and community resources, child care and summer programs.
During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities.
PEERS® (Program for the Education & Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school (grades 6-8) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Topics covered include:
How to use appropriate conversational skills
How to find common interests by trading information
How to appropriately use humor
How to enter and exit conversations
How to handle rejection
How to handle rumors and gossip
How to handle bullying and teasing
How to be a good host during get-togethers
How to make phone calls to friends
How to choose appropriate friends
How to be a good sport
How to handle arguments and disagreements
How to change a bad reputation